Defect of the Day: Google Maps – Swim from NY to Italy

I’m not sure if this is a defect or a Google joke, but I’ll call it a defect since it could possibly put peoples’ lives at risk. Err..mentally challenged peoples’ lives that is.

If you use Google Maps to plot your driving course from New York to Italy, step 32 asks you to “Swim across the Atlantic Ocean 5,572 km“. <insert smart ass comment here, I’ll spare you mine>.

I’d be interested to know the truth behind this “swim” recommendation. Why not fly or boat to avoid lawsuits?

Recently I attended Harry Robinson’s presentation (from Google) on How to build your own Robot army and he talked about some of the defects that were found while testing Google Maps. They’ve had some serious defects and testing challenges, which leads me to believe that the swim recommendation is not a feature but a defect?

Thanks Aaron for the link/defect.

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